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The Successful Software Manager

By : Herman Fung
Book Image

The Successful Software Manager

By: Herman Fung

Overview of this book

The Successful Software Manager is a comprehensive and practical guide to managing software developers, software customers, and the process of deciding what software needs to be built. It explains in detail how to develop a management mindset, lead a high-performing developer team, and meet all the expectations of a good manager. The book will help you whether you’ve chosen to pursue a career in management or have been asked to "act up" as a manager. Whether you’re a Development Manager, Product Manager, Team Leader, Solution Architect, or IT Director, this is your indispensable guide to all aspects of running your team and working within an organization and dealing with colleagues, customers, potential customers, and technologists, to ensure you build the product your organization needs. This book is the must-have authoritative guide to managing projects, managing people, and preparing yourself to be an effective manager. The intuitive real-life examples will act as a desk companion for any day-to-day challenge, and beyond that, Herman will show you how to prepare for the next stages and how to achieve career success.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page

Asking why, nicely

I learned an alternative way to ask "Why?" in the strangest place once. I was working away from home, and during that time, I was renting a spare room from a small family. We happened to be all in the kitchen at the same time when the teenage daughter had just baked her first cake.

It was a carrot cake, and she had some carrot-shaped icing to place on the top as décor. She casually placed it on the cake in a neat but fairly indiscriminate fashion. When she finished, her mother asked: "What was the rationale behind placing them like that?" The daughter replied: "There was none. I just did it."

Her mother then went on to explain that placing them strategically would have made it easier to cut the cake later as you wouldn't have to cut through the carrot-shaped icing and there could have been a carrot for each slice.